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Steven Wilson Royal Festival Hall London 4th March

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Topic: Steven Wilson Royal Festival Hall London 4th March
Posted By: Kosmos
Subject: Steven Wilson Royal Festival Hall London 4th March
Date Posted: March 05 2013 at 10:56
View Stalls Row xx (up in the Gods)

Programme including the Raven story good value for 10 but not essential if you have the album with booklet.

A quite staggeringly good concert. Two and a quarter hours of non stop high quality audio and visual magnificence. The backdrops (upon which images were projected) both at the back and later in the set at the front were particularly effective .

Tough to pick anyone out because all of the muscians were superb but I thought the keyboard player Adam Holzman and Theo Travis on saxophone and flute were exceptional.

Sorry if this is somewhat effusive but it was really that good. The songs were mainly drawn from his latest LP The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories). All tracks from that album were played.

Musically for me many Van der Graaf and King Crimson reference points sprinkled with Floydian motifs which Steven has welded into his own unique sound

Hard to pick a favourite as there were no weaknesses but highlights for me the bleak and disturbing Raider II based on the BTK serial killer Dennis Raider, the fantastic epic The Watchmaker and The Raven that refused to sing and to round it off the early PT number Radioactive Toy as encore.

If you get a chance this is a must see. Amazing. 10 out of 10.

Line Up

Guthrie Govan / lead guitar
Nick Beggs / bass guitar
Marco Minnemann / drums
Adam Holzman / keyboards
Theo Travis / saxophone, flute
Steven Wilson / vocals, guitars, keyboards

Set List (sorry I can't recall the exact order)

Luminol
Drive Home
The Pin Drop
Postcard
The Holy Drinker
Deform to Form a Star
Watchmaker Intro Video
The Watchmaker
Index
Insurgentes
Harmony Korine
No Part of Me
Raider II
The Raven That Refused to Sing.

Encore Radioactive Toy

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Posted By: ole-the-first
Date Posted: March 05 2013 at 12:25
Insurgentes live? Hell, that's just wonderful, it's one of the most beautiful melodies he ever did.


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Posted By: HolyMoly
Date Posted: March 05 2013 at 13:08
I'm planning on seeing his show in my town this April, thanks for the review.

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Posted By: Catcher10
Date Posted: March 05 2013 at 18:57
Great setlist

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Posted By: Argonaught
Date Posted: March 06 2013 at 05:39
IMO, employing Beggs, Govan and especially Minneman to play the likes of Radioactive Toy is a bit  like driving an 18-wheeler to a dry cleaners 2 blocks away. But, if that is what the fans desire ...






Posted By: Argonaught
Date Posted: March 06 2013 at 05:50
Originally posted by HolyMoly HolyMoly wrote:

I'm planning on seeing his show in my town this April, thanks for the review.

Unless I am mistaken, Minnemann is not touring with Wilson on the East Coast. 


Posted By: Kosmos
Date Posted: March 06 2013 at 07:02
The tour programme states Chad Wackerman is playing drums in the Americas. Minnemann is just on the European leg.

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Posted By: Catcher10
Date Posted: March 14 2013 at 15:55
I'm glad I got to see the original lineup last year.....Minnemann was excellent! He gave my wife one of his drum sticks, actually handed it to her as we were standing front and center stage.

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